Thursday, 30 June 2016

The beauty of Beauty World

There may not be a Spinelli's, a Tim Ho Wan or a Ding Tai Fung. But it's great. Beauty World Centre (completed in 1984) is an example of how a place can be spruced up without losing its characteristics. However there was a news report earlier this year that its food centre on the 4th floor (same floor as this 'rojak' provision shop in the picture -- rubber balls bunched up like grapes, so reminiscent of childhood) is going to be bought up by a mysterious someone -- for some $17 m-- and to be converted into an aircon place!
Oh dear.  So I hared to the place. Managed to try its Beijing dumplings so far -- almost translucent skin with crunchy fillings full of freshly chopped vegetables and pork. Dipped into black vinegar and thin ginger shreds -- simply delicious. Many more stalls to try -- satay beehoon, mutton soup, wanton mee. I could already smell the mutton soup while tucking in my steamed dumplings. Stall holders are all so patient and friendly too. A pity they will close their business to give way to another boring aircon food centre with nondescript food. 
At least, let me try its char kuay teow first. 
Chun Tin Road (named after a dentist who was born in Hong Kong and got his education in the States), opposite Beauty World Centre. 
The place looks great after the Beauty World MRT station was completed in 2015 -- clean lines -- and bright. The carpark next to the MRT station has now got gantries -- so no more "Feng Fei Fei" and no need to tear coupons like mad.

If you are around the area, do not miss getting some old fashioned cakes, egg tarts and other goodies from Ng Kim Lee Confectionery. Has been around for more than 60 years.


streetsing said...

In the past bought some small hand towel for my jogging from this jack of all trades provision shop. You must try the mutton soup and satay bee hoon here, quite good. First introduced by my church friends after trekking at the nearby Bukit Timah hill. The pastry shop on the same level is also very popular, selling all kinds of kuehs. This place always reminded me of the malls in JB :)

Lo Tien Yin said...

For sure I will return for the mutton soup and satay beehoon :) Yes, it's so laidback, it could be a mall in JB (which I haven't been for a long while).